Bengaluru: Amid the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka, former chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah has called for another Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting at 11 am on Monday. All MLAs have been asked to attend the meeting.
Notably, the meeting comes a after two Congress MLAs- Anand Singh and JN Ganesh- had a ‘minor fight’.
However, Congress leader Zameer Ahmed refuted the reports and claimed that the duo (Anand Singh and JN Ganesh) had minor differences after a discussion. “It was a minor fight between friends. Nobody has got any stitches; there hasn’t been any blood loss,” said the Karnataka minister.
Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar also refuted reports of fight between Anand Singh and JN Ganesh saying,”There is no fight. You saw all of them coming together, going together. It’s fake news. Entire Congress party is united. I’m confident that even those who couldn’t attend CLP will come to Congress.”
Meanwhile on Sunday, the Congress in Karnataka issued notices to its four MLAs —
Ramesh Jarkiholi, B Nagendra, Umesh Jadhav and Mahesh Kumatahalli seeking explanation from them for their absence at the Legislature Party meeting held on Friday, asking why no action should taken against them under the anti-defection law.
Exposing fissures in the party, the four lawmakers had skipped the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meet, which was called as a show of strength against the BJP’s alleged attempt to topple the party’s coalition government with the JD(S) in the state.
In the notice issued to Jarkiholi, while seeking response from him for not attending the meeting, CLP leader Siddaramaiah has also sought an explanation about the media reports that he was joining the BJP and about his visit to Delhi and Mumbai to meet saffron party leaders.
Soon after the CLP meet, which was attended by 76 MLAs, the Congress legislators were shifted to a resort on the city outskirts in a counter move to BJP’s alleged toppling bid.
The BJP legislators, who were camping at a luxury hotel in Gurgaon, returned home last night.